Obituaries for Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Published 5:00 am Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Margie M. Burch

Graveside services for Margie M. Burch, of Brookhaven, were 11a.m. today, July 25, at Easthaven Cemetery. Harrigill Funeral Homewas in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Burch, 85, died July 22, 2006, at Mississippi StateHospital. She was born in Lincoln County on Dec. 21, 1920, to JoeBurch and Lena Dickey Burch.

She was a retired licensed practical nurse at the UniversityMedical Center. She was a member of the Baptist faith.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her brother, J.D.Burch; her sister, Florene White; and numerous nieces andnephews.

She is survived by her sister, Cora Mary Smith, ofBrookhaven.

Franklin Edwin Collins Jr.

Services for Franklin “Frank” Edwin Collins Jr., of Brandon,were 11 a.m. today, July 25, at Ott & Lee Funeral Home Chapelin Brandon. A graveside service will be held at Rosehill Cemeteryin Brookhaven at 1:30 p.m.

Mr. Collins, 72, died July 23, 2006, at Rankin Medical Center inBrandon.

He was a native of Lincoln County, then moved to Jackson. He hadbeen a resident of Brandon since 1974. He was a member ofCrossgates United Methodist Church in Brandon, where he attendedthe Friendship Sunday School Class for many years. He was agraduate of Brookhaven High School and Mississippi StateUniversity, where he earned his degree in accounting. He was anavid Mississippi State Football fan. He loved to travel, especiallyby train. He retired in 1996 from his job as an accountant with theMississippi Department of Transportation.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Dr. Franklin EdwinCollins and Myrtis Wheeless Collins.

Survivors are his wife, Carol Cook Collins, of Brandon; hissister, Mary Evelyn Peek, of Houston, Texas; his nephews, Emory”Buster” A. Peek III and Stanley Franklin Peek; his niece, AnnePeek Todd; and his five great-nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Crossgates United Methodist Church, 23Crossgates Dr., Brandon, MS 39042.

Euel Robert Nelson

Services for Euel Robert Nelson, of Monticello, are 11 a.m.Wednesday, July 26, at New Hope Baptist Church with burial in SmithCemetery in Jayess. Wilson Funeral Home is in charge ofarrangements.

Visitation is today from 5 until 9 p.m. at the funeral home, andon Wednesday at the church, from 9 a.m. until the time of theservice.

Mr. Nelson, 81, died July 24, 2006, at King’s Daughters MedicalCenter. He was born in Lawrence County on May 19, 1925, to RobertV. Nelson and Sophia Rutland Nelson.

He moved to Natchez in 1954 and resided there until 1981, whilehe was a pipefitter with International Paper Co. After hisretirement, he moved back to Lawrence County. During his lifetime,he was a Gideon and a member of Campers on Mission. He served as adeacon, a teacher, a music leader, and a youth worker in manychurches. He was a volunteer missionary in the United States,moving from Florida to Alaska with the mission work. He was amember of New Hope Baptist Church.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his stepmother, EdnaWillis Nelson; his brothers, L.C. Nelson, Maxie Nelson, DeweyNelson, Malcolm Nelson and his stepbrother, John D. Willis; hissisters, Helen Tynes, Nonnie Thames and Barbara Willis; and hisstepsister, Ruby Nell Pilot.

Survivors are his wife of 52 years, Melba Hoffman Nelson; hissons, Howard Nelson and wife Mona, of Raymond; his brothers, HoyteNelson, of Slidell, La., and Bobby Nelson, of Tylertown; hissister, Thelma Thames, of Monticello; his stepsister, PollyShirley, of Philadelphia; his grandson, Jason Nelson and wifeConnie, of Smithdale; two great-grandchildren and twogreat-great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the New Hope Baptist Church BuildingFund, 618 Carmel New Hope Road, Jayess, MS 39641.